Good work if you can get it

Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2009 - 02:49 PM |
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Bandwidth caps are a big issue for anyone spending a goodly amount of time on the Internet, especially if they are a fan of streaming media or open source projects.  ISPs have long maintained that it is necessary in order to provide good service to all customers and that it is just plain expensive to provide; not that this has stopped a slow increase in caps as the ISPs try to attract customers from other providers.  Ars Technica looked into the profit marg

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High quality, low power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2009 - 05:31 PM |
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At first glance, the unpainted exterior and unsleeved cables on the ThermalTake Litepower 450W PSU might lead you to believe that the quality of the build also lacked finish and the $70 price tag could reinforce it.  As it turns out, the reality is very different, Overclockers Club tested the PSU thoroughly and found that not only does it's efficiency remain about 80%, the DC quality is very high.  If you are building a rig that does

Alienware gets hot n' heavy

Subject: Mobile | May 4, 2009 - 02:45 PM |
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BCC Hardware recently picked up a $2534CDN Alienware M17 CrossfireX gaming laptop, and almost injured themselves as it weighs the better part of 15lbs.  As the weight implies, this laptop is not intended to be carted around everywhere and the components guarantee you will want to be near a power outlet when you fire up this beast.  Their particular configuration has C2D P8400 @ 2.26GHz, 3GB of DDR3-1066 memory and a pair of mobility Radeon HD 3870 cards, they

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Samsung's touchy new MP3 player

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2009 - 01:41 PM |
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Samsung has a different take on the MP3 player, which is exemplified in the YP-P3 player.  It comes with absolutely no software, like a USB headset all required software is on the MP3 player its self.  It also supports drag and drop file transfers, there are no importing procedures necessary when you are adding music to the player.  The device is used with its touchscreen interface, no buttons or toggles to play with.  Find out how it sounds at CCE Reviews

Source: CCE Reviews

Bigger is not always better

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2009 - 12:42 PM |
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With the HD 4870 X2, the 2GB of GDDR5 is so each GPU can address 1GB of storage, which makes more sense than giving each core only 512MB.  It was inevitable that someone would try slapping a full 2GB of GDDR5 on a single HD4870 core, and Sapphire seems to be the first to hit market with it.  The Sapphire Radeon HD4870 2GB will run you more than the 1GB version, so the question becomes one of performance.  Can the extra memory push this cards performance higher than it already is?&nbsp

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The net needs a deworming

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2009 - 12:20 PM |
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The Sinowal Trojan, or Torpig or Mebroot, or whatever other name you would like to give the thing has been thriving on PCs around the world for almost 3 years now.  That is not because no anti-virus or anti-malware program can remove it, it is because of the apathy of users and network admins who will get around to that patch or update next Monday.  That is of course assuming that they are even aware of the updates and patches or if they are simply wait for their nephew who knows computers to visit at Christmas and clean up the PC.  The net needs people to either act as or creat

Source: Slashdot

PC Perspective Podcast #54 on Video!

Subject: Editorial | May 2, 2009 - 01:08 AM |
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Well, here you go folks - your chance to see the ugly mugs behind the content you read on PC Perspective and the voices on the PC Perspective Podcast.  We have started streaming our podcast recording session live on the TWiT network - episode #54 is our first with a proper video recording. 

Dance around the virtual Maypole

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2009 - 06:08 PM |
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There is little more annoying than a PC that is convinced everything is fine, even though it isn't working properly.  Imagine if you will a nice little network connection icon in the task bar which reports a successful connection at 100mbs, but yet for some reason refuses to connect to the Net.  Wouldn't that just make your day?

More modding madness

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 1, 2009 - 02:51 PM |
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It is week 3 of ExtremeTech's Case Mod extravaganza, with more wild and crazy cases.  There is R2-D2, a case that resembles a Victorian style cabinet, even one built mostly from cardboard and duct tape.  You can also check the two previous weeks for cases you missed and to find out the previous winners.

Source: Extremetech

More than just networked storage

Subject: Storage | May 1, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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Network Attached Storage devices (NAS) are really starting to catch on in a big way.  As the name implies they offer storage that is easily communicated with over a network, much like Storage Attached Networks (SAN) that are common in enterprise level networks.  A NAS is much easier to use and set up, being a stand alone box with wizard driven menus for setup.  The Synology DS109j is a single bay, making it smaller and more economical co

Take a load off Fanny ...

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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Offloading is the new merger for today's electronic manufacturers and it is TSMC that is reaping the benefit.  They already handle AMD's 40nm process chips, at least until Global Foundries finds its stride, as well as working with Intel on developing a 'System on a Chip', which will be a smaller, less power hungry Atom.  Now it is Fujitsu's turn, as they are passing at least some, but quite possibly all, of their chip manufacturing to TSMC.  As well They are selling off their HDD business to Toshiba, a merger mimicking
IBM's glomming onto Hitachi. 

Source: The Register

Even more bang for your 100 bucks

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 30, 2009 - 06:22 PM |
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We've already discussed how incredible a deal the HD4770 currently is for it's price.  Legit Reviews wants to show you how to make it even better with this overclocking guide.  Using only RivaTuner, no voltage mods and no changes to the cooling they we

Hot sun and long days means it's time to buy a new PC and hide in the basement

Subject: Systems | April 30, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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Ars Technica has updated their Systems Guide for the summer, reworking all three tiers of their recommendations.  The budget box, sans OS, will set you back less that $700 and will handle any game you throw at it, if you stick with a 22" screen.  For about $1600 their Hot Rod will give you blazing speeds on a 24" monitor and would probably have the power to handle a 30" screen.  The God Box is only $12,623.68 right now, but considering that almost every c

Source: Ars Technica

One of these things is not like the other

Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2009 - 12:10 PM |
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X58 naming schemes have gotten a little aggressive, for instance the Foxconn Blood Rage.  They have also released a hot new X58 bearing the moniker Flaming Blade, which TweakTown is pitting against it's older brother and meekly named ASUS OC Palm.  Does the fierce naming scheme
translate into savage performance, or can ASUS perform some sleight of hand? 

Source: TweakTown

There has to be a catch

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2009 - 11:39 AM |
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As it stands right now, the Windows 7 RC1 will be active into 2010 making it a viable OS for the next year.  Right now you need to be a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, but that will change on the 5th of May when it becomes available to everyone.  That Release Candidate will likely be one of the more expensive flavours of Windows 7, not some  emasculated Home-lite version, which may have you hooked on the equivalent of Ultimate Edition for when you do have to purchase it in June of 2010.  You can

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VIA Nano Processor Brings Higher Performance to Media Servers

Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2009 - 11:12 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, April 30, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announces the VIA VB8002 Mini-ITX board targeted at media server markets.

You can't be a true addict without it

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 05:43 PM |
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Just because you stood in line for a week for the release of Wrath of the Lich King, and gathered a lot of stares and comments about how waiting that long was completely unnecessary; someone with a WoW moded case, mouse and mousepad set is going to beat you when it comes to fanaticism.  Take heart from SteelSeries, for they will provide a factory made version so that you don't need to mod one all by yourself.  The SteelSeries WOW Mouse and Mat set will put you over the top of the rest if the fans at LAN parties, so

Source: Arm3D

Tiny notebook or high end netbook?

Subject: Mobile | April 29, 2009 - 03:06 PM |
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HP's new Pavilion dv2 straddles the line between netbook and notebook.  It's keyboard is 93% of the normal size, it weighs just under 4lbs and it's measurements never break the foot mark at 11.5" x 9.45" x 0.93-1.29.  It's size makes you think netbook, but it's internals are a little different than your normal Atom powered netbook.

Soyo on display

Subject: Displays | April 29, 2009 - 01:43 PM |
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For raw stats, the 24" Soyo Pearl TFT LCD sports a native 1920 x 1200 resolution with a 2ms response time and a 1000:1 contrast ratio; though as with all LCDs, the exact definitions and measurements may be other than you might expect.  R&B Mods spent a goodly amount of time taking pictures of the various display tests the

So you want to be a maquisard

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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HEXUS has some information to share about a WW2 shoot 'em up with a bit of a twist.  Instead of being a solo member of one of the large armies involved in the conflict, you work in occupied France with members of the French Resistance and Allied forces to sabotage the Nazis who occupy France.  It sounds like a mix of stealth and action, along with big explosions and vehicles to hijack for added mayhem.  Check the preview for some game information, but not the release date, which has yet to be annou

Source: Hexus